Victor's Secret: Queer Gothic in Lynd Ward's Illustrations to Frankenstein (1934)

  title={Victor's Secret: Queer Gothic in Lynd Ward's Illustrations to Frankenstein (1934)},
  author={Grant F. Scott},
  journal={Word \& Image},
  pages={206 - 232}
  • G. Scott
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Art
  • Word & Image
American graphic artist Lynd Ward's detailed wood engravings for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, allotted scant attention by critics, depart radically from other book illustrations of the novel. While these renderings borrow heavily from the cinema, Ward's woodcuts are Gothic in atmosphere and psychology and build on the nineteenth-century stage history of Frankenstein. In addition, Ward's illustrations constitute the earliest attempt in the medium to offer a sustained queer reading of the novel… 
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